The Best Football Players Ever Football Players (American)
Ultimate List
224  items 46,268 votes 3,169 voters 126,596 views more info

The Best Football Players Ever

List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
  • 22 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 1130
    Down 446

    the people's #1 1962

    open
  2. 2
    Up 1041
    Down 436

    most listed 1956

    open
  3. 3
    Up 946
    Down 365

    1954

    open
  4. 4
    Up 984
    Down 310

    1968

    open
  5. 5
    Up 893
    Down 510

    1976

    open
  6. 6
    Up 653
    Down 346

    1936

    open
  7. 7
    Up 668
    Down 329

    1959

    open
  8. 8
    Up 687
    Down 452

    1977

    open
  9. 9
    Up 489
    Down 250

    1961

    open
  10. 10
    Up 539
    Down 355

    1960

    open
  11. 11
    Up 514
    Down 261

    1969

    open
  12. 12
    Up 518
    Down 314

    1961

    open
  13. 13
    Up 509
    Down 288

    1969

    open
  14. 14
    Up 526
    Down 226

    ranked low on reranks 1967

    open
  15. 15
    Up 432
    Down 247

    1942

    open
  16. 16
    Up 435
    Down 226

    1946

    open
  17. 17
    Up 413
    Down 309

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1933

    open
  18. 18
    Up 375
    Down 192

    1959

    open
  19. 19
    Up 357
    Down 186

    1961

    open
  20. 20
    Up 520
    Down 305

    1975

    open
  21. 21
    Up 280
    Down 154

    1960

    open
  22. 22
    Up 333
    Down 217

    1976

    open
  23. 23
    Up 356
    Down 184

    1977

    open
  24. 24
    Up 280
    Down 209

    1921

    open
  25. 25
    Up 269
    Down 172

    1938

    open
  26. 26
    Up 393
    Down 217

    1985

    open
  27. 27
    Up 340
    Down 218

    1948

    open
  28. 28
    Up 254
    Down 153

    1952

    open
  29. 29
    Up 276
    Down 178

    1934

    open
  30. 30
    Up 264
    Down 150

    1973

    open
  31. 31
    Up 205
    Down 152

    1963

    open
  32. 32
    Up 250
    Down 170

    1943

    open
  33. 33
    Up 257
    Down 192

    1966

    open
  34. 34
    Up 219
    Down 185

    1958

    open
  35. 35
    Up 231
    Down 127

    1965

    open
  36. 36
    Up 204
    Down 137

    1942

    open
  37. 37
    Up 214
    Down 164

    1914

    open
  38. 38
    Up 254
    Down 143

    1955

    open
  39. 39
    Up 262
    Down 150

    1939

    open
  40. 40
    Up 120
    Down 105

    1978

    open
  41. 41
    Up 187
    Down 141

    1927

    open
  42. 42
    Up 144
    Down 122

    1979

    open
  43. 43
    Up 209
    Down 130

    ranked low on reranks 1979

    open
  44. 44
    Up 122
    Down 137

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1925

    open
  45. 45
    Up 129
    Down 121

    1945

    open
  46. 46
    Up 185
    Down 152

    1936

    open
  47. 47
    Up 187
    Down 108

    ranked low on reranks 1948

    open
  48. 48
    Up 125
    Down 151

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1933

    open
  49. 49
    Up 158
    Down 127

    1945

    open
  50. 50
    Up 179
    Down 201

    1947

    open
  51. 225 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 224

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists